<< Week of April 08 >>

Sunday, April 8, 2018

SOGA Open Hours

Tour/Open House | January 28 – May 13, 2018 every Sunday | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. |  Garden Location: on the corner of Walnut St. and Virginia St. in north Berkeley, CA

 Campus Gardens

SOGA is an educational space designed for the community to share knowledge about organic urban agriculture and self-sufficiency in the food system. This type of experiential learning takes place during open volunteer hours, workshops, and DeCals (student-led courses at UCB). The garden, located on UC Berkeley property, is managed by undergraduate students and funded primarily through grants from...   More >

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Film - Feature | April 8 | 12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Bringing to light a little-known piece of Cuban history, this moving and understated medical drama set in 1989 Havana tells the story of a Russian teacher drafted to serve as a translator for children from Chernobyl. Westworld’s Rodrigo Santoro stars.

Baseball vs. Utah

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | April 8 | 1:05 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts Utah in conference action at Evans Diamond.

Docent-led tour

Tour/Open House | January 6, 2017 – January 4, 2019 every Sunday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday with exceptions | 1:30-2:45 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

Join us for a free, docent-led tour of the Garden as we explore interesting plant species, learn about the vast collection, and see what is currently in bloom. Meet at the Entry Plaza.

Free with Garden admission
Advanced registration not required

Tours may be cancelled without notice.
For day-of inquiries, please call 510-643-2755
For tour questions, please email gardentours@berkeley.edu...   More >

Seattle Symphony

Performing Arts - Music | April 8 | 3-5 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Saturday, April 7, 8pm
John Luther Adams/Become Desert (California Premiere)
featuring Volti San Francisco; Robert Geary, artistic director
Sibelius/Symphony No. 2 in D Major, Op. 43

Sunday, April 8, 3pm
Sibelius/The Oceanides, Op. 73
Britten/Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes, Op. 33a
John Luther Adams/Become Ocean

This performance is part of Cal Performances’ Berkeley RADICAL...   More >

$38-98 prices subject to change

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Film - Feature | April 8 | 3 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

The seductions and disillusionments of city life play counterpoint to provincial goodness in this morality tale of a young daughter pulled between the worlds of her two mothers.

A Man of Integrity

Film - Feature | April 8 | 3:15 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Power struggles and moral compromises feed an escalating conflict when an uncompromising fish farmer clashes with his neighbor and a powerful company that sets its sights on his land. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at Cannes.

The Shape of a Surface: Experimental Shorts

Film - Feature | April 8 | 6 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

In this diverse program showcasing the film medium itself, history and the world are reframed. Featuring works by arc, Stephanie Barber, Paul Clipson, Nazli Dincel, Jim Jennings, Pablo Mazzolo, Alee Peoples, and Jennifer Separzadeh.


Performing Arts - Music | April 8 | 8-10 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT)

scapegoat is an experimental saxophone and percussion duo. Close creative collaboration and multi-media projects form the basis of their pursuit for artistic innovation and expression.

$10 General, $5 Students and seniors

CNMAT Users Group presents: Scapegoat

Performing Arts - Music | April 8 | 8 p.m. |  CNMAT (1750 Arch St.)

 CNMAT (Center for New Music and Technology)

scapegoat is an experimental saxophone and percussion duo. Close creative collaboration and multi-media projects form the basis of their pursuit for artistic innovation and expression. Programmes are designed to broaden and
challenge the musical experience of the audience, through original works featuring live electronics, performer controlled sonic and visual amplification, video and lighting...   More >

$10 G.A., $5 seniors and students

First Reformed

Film - Feature | April 8 | 8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

A minister finds newfound meaning and reawakened desire when a lovely parishioner seeks his counsel in this film from legendary writer/director Paul Schrader. With memorable performances by Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried, and Cedric the Entertainer.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Institutional Coordination in Asia-Pacific Disaster Management

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS), BASC, UC San Diego Medical School, Center for Southeast Asia Studies, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Japanese Studies (CJS)

East Asian countries frequently face earthquakes, tsunamis, tropical storms, flooding, and landslides, leading to the proliferation of actors in the disaster management sphere. Indeed, the private sector, military, non-governmental and governmental organizations, and national and regional bureaucracies are involved in providing different services across phases of disaster management...   More >

What’s Happening in Federal Court?: Recent Findings and Strategies for the Future

Conference/Symposium | April 9 | 9 a.m.-7 p.m. | Bancroft Hotel, Great Hall

 2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

 Law, Boalt School of, Civil Justice Research Initiative

“What’s Happening in Federal Court?” is the inaugural symposium of the Civil Justice Research Initiative at Berkeley Law. It will bring together leading legal scholars and social scientists from around the United States to share their research and discuss the legal process in federal courts around the country. The...   More >

Post-earthquake damage assessment, earthquake damage repair and seismic vulnerability assessment of the Washington Monument: Semm Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Terrence Paret, Wiss, Janey, Elstner Assoc. Inc.

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

On August 23, 2011, the Washington Monument was subjected to ground shaking from the Magnitude 5.8 Mineral, Virginia earthquake, whose epicenter was roughly 80 miles from the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Shaking of the 555-foot tall unreinforced stone masonry structure resulted in damage, most significantly to the pyramidion, the construction comprising its upper 55 feet.

Combinatorics Seminar: Combinatorics of X-variables in finite type cluster algebras

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Melissa Sherman-Bennett, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

A cluster algebra is a commutative ring determined by an initial "seed," which consists of A-variables, X-variables, and some additional data. Given a seed, one can produce new seeds via a combinatorial process called mutation. The cluster algebra is generated by the variables obtained from all possible sequences of mutations. In this talk, we will focus on cluster algebras of finite type, which...   More >

Trans Memoir/Memory: Migrations and Territories of Racial Gender Becoming

Lecture | April 9 | 12-2 p.m. | 602 Barrows Hall

 Jian Chen, Assistant Professor of English, The Ohio State University

 Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society

Janet Mock’s coming-of-age stories as a Black and Native Hawaiian trans woman in Redefining Realness (2014) create points of transmission between cis-heterosexual civil society and emergent transgender, especially trans of color, communities in the second decade of the twenty-first century.

Rani D. Mullen | China and India in Afghanistan: A long-term strategic loss for Afghanistan or a win-win for all?

Lecture | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Stephens Hall, 10 (ISAS Conference Room)

 Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

 Lowell Dittmer, Professor of Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute for South Asia Studies, Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Department of Political Science, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Dr. Rani D. Mullen, Associate Professor of Government at the College of William and Mary

From Congress to a University Presidency - Notes on Leading a Liberal Arts Institution

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Moses Hall, Harris Room (119 Moses Hall)

 Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, President, Augustana University

 Center for Studies in Higher Education , Institute of Governmental Studies, Robert T. Matsui Center for Politics and Public Service

Augustana University President Stephanie Herseth Sandlin, who also served in the Congress for seven years, discusses her experiences as a higher education leader, and as a member of Congress setting national education policy. Augustana University, located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, serves more than 2,000 students from 33 states and 32 countries, offering more than 100 majors, minors and...   More >

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​Graduate Students Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 12-1 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Stephanie Wan, UC Berkeley, Fleiszig Lab; Kathryn Bonnen, University of Texas at Austin, Huk Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Stephanie Wan’s Talk Title: Impact of contact lens wear and dry eye on the amicrobiomic status of the murine cornea

Abstract: Contrasting with the conjunctiva and other exposed body surfaces, the cornea does not host a stable bacterial population (amicrobiomic). Yet, the cornea and conjunctiva are not usually distinguished in ocular surface microbiome research. Additionally, commonly used...   More >

PF Lunch Seminar:

Seminar | April 9 | 12-2 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Andreas Peichl; Isabela Manelici; Peter Jones

 Robert D. Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance

Andreas Peichl - "Politically feasible tax reforms and the TRA86"
Isabela Manelici - "Multinational Firms and Economic Development"
Peter Jones -

  RSVP online by April 4.

Edible Book Festival

Special Event | April 9 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 405 Moffitt Undergraduate Library


The Berkeley University Library is pleased to host its second Edible Book Festival!

Edible Book Festivals feature creative food projects that draw their inspiration from books and stories. Edible books might physically resemble books, or they might refer to an aspect of a story, or they might incorporate text.

All members of the UC Berkeley community are encouraged to participate! The...   More >

 The Edible Books Festival is open to anyone with a CalID.

Edible Book Festival

What is Torture and How Did We Get Here?

Panel Discussion | April 9 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

What is torture and how did we get here? Torture has been prevalent both domestically, within the prison industrial complex, and as a part of the “war on terror.” This discussion will focus on the origins of modern forms of torture and they ways in which torture has been employed by U.S. officials both within and outside of the U.S.

Joined by Prof. Laurel Fletcher, Prof. Jonathan Simon & Brad...   More >

Mapping the History of Aesthetic Concepts

Lecture | April 9 | 2-5 p.m. | Doe Library, Visual REsource Center

 Pete de Bolla, Professor of Cultural History and Aesthetics, University of Cambridge, the Faculty of English

 Ewan Jones, University Lecturer in the Nineteenth Century, University of Cambridge, the Faculty of English

 Department of English, Townsend Center for the Humanities

A presentation and discussion of the Concept Lab‘s work on the structure and data of social/intellectual “concepts.”

The Concept Lab studies the architectures of conceptual forms. It is committed to the view that concepts are not equivalent to the meanings of the words which express them. The Lab considers conceptual architectures as generating structured environments for sensing that one has...   More >

Cognitive Neurosciences Seminar

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4:30 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Dr. Zhaoping Li, Computer Sciences. UCL

 Department of Psychology

Abstract: Investigations in the recent years have revealed an important functional role of the primary visual cortex (V1): it creates a bottom-up saliency map to guide attentional shifts exogenously. I will review these findings to motivate a new path to understanding vision. This new path views vision as made of three stages: encoding, selection, and decoding; the selection and decoding stages...   More >

STROBE Seminar Series: 3-Minute Thesis Graduate Student Talks

Seminar | April 9 | 3-4 p.m. | 433 Latimer Hall

 College of Chemistry

Please join us for two special STROBE Seminars on April 9 & 16 at 3 PM PT/4 PM MT. The graduate students will be presenting their engaging 3-Minute Thesis Talks. See GoToMeeting and flyer information below.

A reminder that STROBE will be sending 3-4 senior graduate students to the NSF STC Professional Development workshop in early August 2018 (here's a link to last year's workshop website:...   More >

Tracking the Concept of Government, 1700-1800: University of Cambridge Concept Lab

Lecture | April 9 | 3-5 p.m. | Doe Library, Doe 308A, Visual Resource Center

 Digital Humanities at Berkeley

In the final event for the 2018 DH Faire, Peter de Bolla and Ewan Jones from the University of Cambridge Concept Lab will showcase a range of techniques that build upon and refine procedures common to corpus linguistics, such as pointwise mutual information. We will also chart a number of specific case studies, using the large dataset of Eighteenth Century Collections Online so as to demonstrate...   More >

Arithmetic Geometry and Number Theory RTG Seminar: Ordinary primes in Hilbert modular varieties

Seminar | April 9 | 3:10-5 p.m. | 748 Evans Hall

 Junecue Suh, UCSC

 Department of Mathematics

A well-known conjecture (often attributed to Serre) asserts that any motive over any number field has infinitely many ordinary primes, in the sense of the Newton Polygon coinciding with the Hodge Polygon. We will present a few methods for producing more ordinary primes in the case of modular Jacobians — and more generally the part of the (intersection) cohomology of Hilbert modular varieties...   More >

Scheiber Lecture: What Lies Ahead for the Ocean

Lecture | April 9 | 4-6 p.m. | Boalt Hall, School of Law, Room 100

 Ronán Long, World Maritime University

 Law of the Sea Institute

Please join us for the first annual Harry and Jane Scheiber Lecture in Ocean Law and Policy. Professor Ronán Long, Director of the WMU-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute at the World Maritime University, will provide the inaugural lecture and explore the future of global ocean governance amidst increasing ecological and political challenges.

Complicity and Dissent: Literature in the Cold War

Lecture | April 9 | 4-6 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Duncan White, Lecturer on History and Literature, Harvard University

 Department of English, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures

At the outbreak of the Second World War Vladimir Nabokov stood on the brink of losing everything all over again. The reputation he had built as the pre-eminent Russian novelist in exile was imperilled. In Nabokov and his Books, Duncan White shows how Nabokov went to America and not only reinvented himself as an American writer but also used the success of Lolita to rescue those Russian books that...   More >

Genetics and education: Recent developments in the context of an ugly history and an uncertain future

Colloquium | April 9 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2515 Tolman Hall

 Ben Domingue, Stanford Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; Institute of Behavioral Science, University of Colorado Boulder

 Graduate School of Education

Driven by our recent mapping of the human genome, genetics research is increasingly prominent and is likely to re-intersect with education research. I begin by giving background on the current state of the art regarding methods for linking genotype to phenotype, focusing specifically on molecular genetics and genome-wide association studies. I emphasize both what genetic studies of educational...   More >

Transport and biosynthesis of a novel copper-chelating natural product

Seminar | April 9 | 4-5 p.m. | 106 Stanley Hall

 Amy Rosenzweig, Northwestern University

 College of Chemistry

Imagining The Future Of War

Lecture | April 9 | 5-6:30 p.m. | Alumni House, Toll Room

 Sir Lawrence Freedman, Emeritus Professor of War Studies, King's College London

 Institute of International Studies

Professor Sir Lawrence Freedman was Professor of War Studies at King's College London from 1982 to 2014 and Vice-Principal from 2003 to 2013. He was educated at Whitley Bay Grammar School and the Universities of Manchester, York and Oxford. Before joining King's, he held research appointments at Nuffield College Oxford, IISS and the Royal Institute of International Affairs. Elected a Fellow of...   More >

Towards a Subaltern History of the Crusades?

Lecture | April 9 | 5-7 p.m. | 3335 Dwinelle Hall

 Christopher J. Tyerman, Oxford University Professor of the History of the Crusades

 Department of History, Medieval Studies Program, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Christopher J. Tyerman is Professor of the History of the Crusades at Oxford University. His research considers the cultural, religious, political and social phenomenon of crusading in medieval Western Europe between the eleventh and sixteenth centuries. He has published widely on various aspects of the crusades and on crusade historiography from the Middle Ages to the present day. Recent books...   More >

Swahili Weekly Social Hour

Social Event | January 22 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 5:30-6:30 p.m. |  Jupiter

 2181 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley

 Center for African Studies

Speak Swahili with your fellow Swahili students and enthusiasts over a drink at Jupiter (check for location updates). This is an informal gathering to connect with other Swahili speakers on campus and in Berkeley. Each person will support their own beverage purchases (water, soda, coffee, tea, beer, etc.), but we will provide the good company! And of course, Swahili speaking only! All skill and...   More >

LAEP Lecture: Christophe Girot

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | 112 Wurster Hall

 College of Environmental Design

MON, APRIL, 6:00PM - Christophe Girot is Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at the Architecture Department of the ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zürich since 2001.

Proud to be "Tribeless": Cato Institute President Peter Goettler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Peter Goettler, Cato Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a more divisive period in American politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the partisan gap on political values is now the widest it has been in decades. But is this divide based on actual principles, or merely on differentiating ourselves from the other political “tribe”? Peter Goettler, president of the Cato Institute, will make the case that tribalism...   More >


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Proud to be "Tribeless" - Cato Institute President Peter Goettler at the Berkeley Forum

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7 p.m. | 125 Morrison Hall

 Peter Goettler, Cato Institute

 The Berkeley Forum

In our lifetimes, we’ve never seen a more divisive period in American politics. According to the Pew Research Center, the partisan gap on political values is now the widest it has been in decades. But is this divide based on actual principles, or merely on differentiating ourselves from the other political “tribe”? Peter Goettler, president of the Cato Institute, will make the case that tribalism...   More >

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Smart City of Edinburgh: Routing Enlightenment, 1660-1750

Lecture | April 9 | 6-7:30 p.m. | 300 Wheeler Hall

 Murray Pittock, Professor, University of Glasgow, School of Critical Studies

 Florence Green Bixby Chair in English

Using data, evidence and the models provided by modern innovation and urban studies theory, “Smart City of Edinburgh” identifies the particular features of Edinburgh which made the Enlightenment possible. Focused on culture, society, education and cosmopolitan networks rather than people and ideas, it identifies the special qualities of ‘Enlightenment’ as a term rather than the controversial...   More >

30th Annual I-House Annual Celebration and Awards Gala: Welcoming UC Berkeley Chancellor Carol T. Christ and honoring the 2018 I-House Alumni of the Year

Special Event | April 9 | 6 p.m. |  International House

 International House

6 pm Music & Mingling Dinner & Program Follow
$275 per person
$150 per person for Young Diplomats (35 years of years of age and under)

Chevron Auditorium International House Berkeley
2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA
Valet Parking Provided
Formal cocktail & international attire encouraged Catering provided by International House

Limited seating is available. RSVP by Tuesday, April 3,...   More >

  Register online or by calling 510-642-4128, or by emailing ihalumni@berkeley.edu

UROC DeCal – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research (Hosted by UROC: Undergraduate Researchers of Color)

Course | January 29 – April 30, 2018 every Monday with exceptions | 6-8 p.m. | 174 Barrows Hall

 Istifaa Ahmed, UROOC

 Office of Undergraduate Research

Ethnic Studies 98/198
Class Time: Mondays, 6pm-8pm, 1/22/18 - 4/30/18
Course Control Number (CCN): 24251

Units: 1-3 units

Student Instructor: Istifaa Ahmed

Welcome to our student-led organization and DeCal, Underrepresented Researchers of Color (UROC) – Demystifying the Research Process: Decolonizing Methods in Academic Research! We seek to build a community of researchers of color...   More >

Disability and Climate Resilience

Workshop | April 9 | 6-8 p.m. | 88 Dwinelle Hall

 Student Environmental Resource Center

Come join SERC for an important workshop on the intersectionality of disability and climate resilience, something that often gets left out of the conversation when talking about climate change.

Leading this workshop is Alex Ghenis and Marsha Saxton from the World Institute of Disability. Alex is a Policy and Research Specialist at WID. He is currently managing the New Earth Disability (NED)...   More >

new art, flag art, good art, portal art

Lecture | April 9 | 6:30-8 p.m. |  Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

 Ian Cheng, Artist

 Arts + Design

Ian Cheng’s work explores the nature of mutation and the capacity of humans to relate to change. Drawing on principles of video game design, improvisation, and cognitive science, Cheng has developed “live simulations”, living virtual ecosystems that begin with basic programmed properties, but are left to self-evolve without authorial intent or end. His simulations model the dynamics of often...   More >

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Small-scale Gold Mining and Biocontamination

Seminar | April 10 | Barrows Hall, Radio Broadcast, ON AIR ONLY, 90.7 FM

 Jimena Diaz, PhD Student, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management; Mattina Alonge, PhD Student, Department of Integrative Biology

 KALX 90.7 FM

Tune in to The Graduates next Tuesday for a rocking interview with Jimena Diaz from the Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. Jimena is an interdisciplinary scientist who combines insights from political ecology and ecology to better understand the complexities of society-nature interactions. In the interview, Jimena tells us all about the ways in which small...   More >

Seeing and Listening in the Garden: a Painting and Drawing Workshop

Workshop | April 10 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. |  UC Botanical Garden

 Botanical Garden

In this workshop you will have the opportunity to enhance your senses through looking and listening. Listen to a line of music, draw the bending gesture of a tree. We will walk in the garden to explore color and focused listening in the soundscape of the garden.

$100, $90 members

  Register online or by calling 510-664-9841, or by emailing gardenprograms@berkeley.edu

Science and Literacy Playgroup

Meeting | October 31, 2017 – May 15, 2018 every Tuesday with exceptions | 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. |  Berkeley Youth Alternatives (BYA)

 1255 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94702

 Chancellor's Community Grant, Trybe Inc.

Have fun and meet other families in West and South Berkeley.
For Children ages 05 and their caregivers.
Free, drop-in, snacks, circle time, arts and crafts and science activities.

New insights into acetylation and oncometabolism from chemoproteomics

Seminar | April 10 | 11 a.m.-12 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Jordan Meier, National Cancer Institute

 College of Chemistry

A paradox of modern biology is that while metabolism is known to influence epigenetic signals (including, but not limited to histone acetylation), the specific proteins that sense these metabolic cues remain uncharacterized. Here we describe the utility of chemical methods to discover novel epigenetic mechanisms and characterize their metabolic regulation. Our initial studies have led to the...   More >

C. Judson King: Building Research Eminence in the Physical Sciences at Berkeley

Seminar | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | Dwinelle Hall, Academic Innovation Studio, 117 Dwinelle Hall (Level D)

 C. Judson King, Former director of the Center for Studies in Higher Education (2004 - 2014) and Provost and Senior Vice President - Academic Affairs of the University of California system (1995-2004)., University of California

 Center for Studies in Higher Education

The physical sciences at Berkeley were built to the highest stature in the first half of the twentieth century through an ad-hoc process driven by several key intellectual leaders among the faculty. Some of the most important factors were the strong institutional interests of these
faculty leaders, enablement by the administration, the establishment of the Board of Research, chartering of formal...   More >

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A Farewell to Arms: Broken Hopes and Total Departure from the Homeland, in The Heroic Battle of Aintab

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 270 Stephens Hall

 Umit Kurt, Polonsky Fellow, The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute

 Institute of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ISEEES), Armenian Studies Program

Umit Kurt earned his PhD in history at the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Clark University in 2016. He is Polonsky Fellow in the Van Leer Institute in Jerusalem. Dr. Kurt is engaged in his work with examining transfer of Armenian wealth, transformation of space, elite-making process, ordinary perpetrators, collective violence, microhistories, inter-ethnic conflicts, Armenian...   More >

Analyzing European Foreign Policy in a Post-Western World: Operationalizing the Decentring Agenda

Lecture | April 10 | 12-1 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Stephan Keukeleire, University of Leuven, Belgium

 Institute of European Studies

Building on Chakrabarty’s “Provincializing Europe” (2000) and Fisher Onar and Nicolaïdis’ “Decentring Agenda” (2013), Stephan Keukeleire presents an analytical framework to operationalize the decentring agenda and support scholars in analysing European foreign policy in an increasingly non-European and post-Western World. The framework consists of six partially overlapping decentring categories...   More >

Mindfulness Meditation Group

Meeting | February 20, 2018 – January 5, 2021 every Tuesday | 12:15-1 p.m. | 3110 Tang Center, University Health Services

 Tang Center (University Health Services)

The Mindfulness Meditation Group meets every Tuesday at 12:15-1:00 pm at 3110 Tang Center on campus. All campus-affiliated people are welcome to join us on a drop-in basis, no registration or meditation experience necessary. We start with a short reading on meditation practice, followed by 30 minutes of silent sitting, and end with a brief discussion period.

Regime Type and Minister Tenure in Africa’s Authoritarian Regimes

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 223 Moses Hall

 Alex Kroeger, Lecturer, UC Merced Department of Political Science

 Center for African Studies

What explains the wide variation in the tenure of cabinet ministers in authoritarian regimes? While existing research has focused on differences in the tenure of ministers in democracies and dictatorships, I examine the influence of regime type on minister tenure in authoritarian regimes. I argue that authoritarian regime type determines both the level of dismissal risk that ministers face as...   More >

Alex Kroeger

Reimagining Morocco's Cultural Heritage for the 21st Century

Lecture | April 10 | 12:30-2 p.m. | 340 Stephens Hall

 Ashley Miller, Visiting Scholar, Center for Middle Eastern Studies

 Center for Middle Eastern Studies

In July of 2011, King Mohammed VI of Morocco (r.1999-present) endorsed a constitutional referendum that acknowledged his country’s plural identities and histories in an unprecedented way, describing a Moroccan national identity “forged through the convergence of its Arab-Islamic, Amazigh, and Saharan-Hassanic components, nourished and enriched by its African, Andalusian, Hebraic, and...   More >

Development Lunch: "Determinants of the Cost of Electricity Supply in India"

Seminar | April 10 | 12:30-1:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Louis Preonas

 Department of Economics

3-Manifold Seminar: Tait colorings and instanton homology (continued)

Seminar | April 10 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 891 Evans Hall

 Ian Agol, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

We'll discuss Kronheimer-Mrowka's twisted instanton invariant of webs and foam cobordisms. The rank of this invariant for planar webs gives the number of Tait colorings, but the torsion can contain more information (in particular, admits a spectral sequence to their previous untwisted invariant).

Do Medical Marijuana Laws Harm Youth and Young Adults?

Colloquium | April 10 | 12:40-2 p.m. | 104 Genetics & Plant Biology Building

 Joanne Spetz, PhD, Professor, UCSF School of Medicine, Institute for Health Policy Studies

 Public Health, School of

Medical marijuana laws have been enacted in more than half of U.S. states, and studies have found that they increase the use of illicit marijuana among adults but reduce traffic fatality rates, suggesting there may be both positive and negative consequences. Using repeated-cross section data from the restricted-use version of the National Survey of Drug Use and Health, we delve more deeply into...   More >

Race and "Othering: Making torture possible

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 12:45-2 p.m. | 170 Boalt Hall, School of Law

 Berkeley Law Committee Against Torture, Human Rights Center

Torture involves a fundamental act of "othering" in order for it to be possible. Who do we torture and why do we torture them? How has torture been mobilized by "benign" states and who do we conceptualize as the architects of torture beyond those in the room with the detainee? What are the ramifications of this legacy for the disparate impact torture has on people of color today?

Joined by...   More >

Adaptive Traffic Control Systems

Special Event | April 3 – 12, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 1-4 p.m. |  Online

 Joy Bhattacharya, PE, PTOE, Principal, Stantec

 Aleksandar Stevanovic, PhD, Assistant Professor, Florida Atlantic University

 Technology Transfer Program

This new online course offers summary of fundamental principles, operational requirements and expected benefits of some of the frequently deployed Adaptive Traffic Control Systems. The first session presents differences between adaptive and responsive traffic controls and introduces briefly three ATCS deployed in California (ACS Lite, QuicTrac, and SCOOT). The second session addresses InSync, a...   More >

$145.00 CA Public Agency, $290.00 Standard Fee

  Register online or by calling 510-643-4393, or by emailing registrar-techtransfer@berkeley.edu

ISF 110 - Free Speech in the Public Sphere: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Course | January 16 – May 3, 2018 every Tuesday & Thursday | 2-3:30 p.m. | 102 Wurster Hall

 Division of Undergraduate Education

In this spring 2018 class, we shall take up the nature of public speech from Socrates' public dissent to social media messaging today. The course reading will combine classic philosophical statements about the value of free, subversive and offensive speech; histories of the emergence of public spheres; and sociologies of technologically-mediated speech today.

Seminar 237/281, Macro/International Seminar: Topic Forthcoming

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | 597 Evans Hall

 Wenxin Du

 Department of Economics

Seminar 211, Economic History: The Captured Economy: How the Powerful Enrich Themselves, Slow Down Growth, and Increase Inequality

Seminar | April 10 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Blum Hall, Plaza Level

 Brink Lindsey and Steven Teles, Niskanen Center

 Department of Economics

*Note change in time and location. Joint with Political Economy Seminar

Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium: Computational dysfunctions in anxiety: Failure to differentiate signal from noise

Colloquium | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 5101 Tolman Hall

 Martin Paulus, Scientific Director and President, Laureate Institute for Brain Research

 Department of Psychology

Beyond Diversity: Building A Culture of Inclusion in STEM Education

Special Event | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | Sutardja Dai Hall, Banatao Auditorium

 Tracy L. Johnson, Ph.D., Department of Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology, UCLA

 Paul Barber, Ph.D., Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA

 Tyrone B. Hayes, Ph.D., Department of Integrative Biology, UCB

 College of Division of Biological Sciences Letters & Science

A lecture and panel discussion (3:30-5:00 pm) followed by a reception (after 5 pm).

The greatest population growth in the US is happening in precisely the populations that remain profoundly underrepresented in the sciences. It is clear that the long-term vitality of the scientific enterprise in the US is dependent on preparing a broader population of young people to be the scientific leaders...   More >

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Student Harmonic Analysis and PDE Seminar (HADES): Fourier transforms of measures and distance sets

Seminar | April 10 | 3:30-5 p.m. | 740 Evans Hall

 James Rowan, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

The Falconer distance problem asks what the smallest Hausdorff dimension of a compact set E in $R^d$ can be such that its distance set D(E) has positive Lebesgue measure. It is conjectured that if dim E is greater than d/2, then dim D(E) is at least 1. We will discuss the relationship between this problem and spherical averages of Fourier transforms of measures and present a result of Wolff that...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Random monomial ideals and their homological properties

Seminar | April 10 | 3:45-5 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Lily Silverstein, UC Davis

 Department of Mathematics

Randomness is an important tool in algebra, especially from an algorithmic perspective. I will discuss our recent work looking at the random behavior of monomial ideals. We describe several random models, inspired by earlier models for random graphs and random simplicial complexes, and give results on properties such as Hilbert function and Krull dimension. We also prove "threshold behavior" in...   More >

The Security of the Korean Peninsula after the Olympics: Perspectives on South Korea, North Korea, China Trilateral Relations

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Soojin Park, Wilson Center; Yun Sun, Stimson Center; Mark Tokola, Korea Economic Institute of America

 T.J. Pempel, Political Science, UC Berkeley

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Korea Economic Institute of America, Center for Korean Studies (CKS)

The 2018 Winter Olympics presented an opportunity for reduced tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but can it help lead to a better outcome for the North Korea nuclear crisis or is it just a one-off event? At this time of heightened uncertainty in Northeast Asia, please join us for a panel co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute of America to discuss the increasingly complex relations among...   More >

Managing Marginalization: Poverty Politics in Post-Unification Germany

Lecture | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 201 Moses Hall

 Alexander Graser, University of Regensburg.

 Institute of European Studies

Poverty has become an issue in Germany. Whereas the phenomenon has been present for quite a while, public attention has grown only recently. The talk will review and contextualize poverty-related legislation since the early nineties, highlight trends, identify seeming paradoxies, and discuss potential explanations: Among the candidates are exogenous ones like the fashions of policy diffusion or...   More >

Symmetry, degeneracy, and strong correlation

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 120 Latimer Hall

 Gustavo Scuseria, Department of Chemistry, Rice University

 College of Chemistry

Schrodinger's equation has been known for more than 90 years, yet many pressing questions in electronic structure theory remain unanswered. Quantum Chemistry is a successful field: the weak correlation problem has been solved; we can get "the right answer for the right reason" at reasonably low polynomial computational cost instead of the combinatorial expense of brute force approaches. Despite...   More >

Design Field Notes: Melissa Cefkin

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5 p.m. | 220 Jacobs Hall

 Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation

Melissa Cefkin, a design anthropologist who works as principal scientist for Nissan Research, will speak at Jacobs Hall.

Seminar 218, Psychology and Economics: "What Do Consumers Consider Before They Choose?"

Seminar | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jason Abaluck, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Industrial Organization Seminar. Please note change in time due to joint event.

Popular Neoliberalism: Readers' and Viewers' Reactions to Milton Friedman

Colloquium | April 10 | 4-5:30 p.m. | 2538 Channing (Inst. for the Study of Societal Issues), Wildavsky Conference Room

 Dr. Maurice Cottier, Visiting Fellow, History Department, Harvard University

 Center for Right-Wing Studies

Milton Friedman was not only a leading neoliberal economist in the second half of the 20th century but, due to his popular books and appearances on TV, also a well-known public intellectual. Focusing on the reactions by viewers and readers of his book Capitalism and Freedom (1962) and book and TV series Free to Choose (1980), Maurice Cottier’s paper discusses how the broader public received...   More >

Seminar 221, Industrial Organization: ​"What Do Consumers Consider Before They Choose?" (Joint with 218)

Seminar | April 10 | 4:10-5:30 p.m. | 648 Evans Hall

 Jason Abaluck, Yale School of Management

 Department of Economics

Joint with Psychology and Economics Seminar. Please note change in location due to joint event.

FinTech For Good Panel: Digital Financial Inclusion, the business opportunity of serving the underserved in a digital world

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 5-8 p.m. |  Haas School of Business

 Haas Fin Tech Club

FinTech is disrupting the financial services industry, delivering improved customer experience, faster transactions, and cheaper products to a wider audience. With the application of AI, Big Data, mobile, blockchain, and other technologies; unbanked and underserved customers who previously could not be served profitably can now be valuable new customers in a big emerging market that only in the...   More >

Commutative Algebra and Algebraic Geometry: The Fellowship of the Ring: Liaison among curves in $ \mathbf P^3 $

Seminar | April 10 | 5-6 p.m. | 939 Evans Hall

 Ritvik Ramkumar, UC Berkeley

 Department of Mathematics

In this talk we will study the equivalence relation generated by linked curves in $ \mathbf P^3 $. In particular we will define the Rao module and show that (up to shifts and duals) it determines the equivalence class. Time permitting we will study curves that are cut out by three surfaces.

How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora

Colloquium | April 10 | 5-7 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Sarah Bakker Kellogg, Hunt Postdoctoral Fellow and Visiting Scholar at the Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

 Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

To the extent that Middle Eastern Christians register in Euro-American public discourse at all, they are usually invoked either to justify military intervention in the Middle East for the sake of their “religious freedom,” or they are cited as potential exemptions to policies intended to restrict asylum-seekers from Muslim-majority countries. This binary frame rests on a wide-spread assumption...   More >

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion): How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora

Colloquium | April 10 | 5 p.m. | 3401 Dwinelle Hall

 Department of Music, Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion

Sarah Baker (Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion)

"How to Sing with Syriac Christians (and Why): Kinship, Politics, Liturgy, and Sound in the Dutch-Syriac Diaspora"

The Persistent Geography of the indio bárbaro: Racial Representation, Racism, and the Mexican Migrant: María Josefina Saldaña-Portillo

Lecture | April 10 | 5:30-8 p.m. | Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union, Multicultural Community Center

 Center for Race and Gender

The Persistent Geography of the indio bárbaro: Racial Representation, Racism, and the Mexican Migrant

Visiting Professor, English, UC Berkeley
Professor of Social & Cultural Analysis, New York University

Introduction by Prof. Susan Schweik, Department of English

Pura Lopez Colome with Dan Bellm

Reading - Literary | April 10 | 6:30-7:30 p.m. | Wheeler Hall, Maude Fife Room, 315 Wheeler Hall

 Pura Lopez Colome

 Dan Bellm

 Department of English

Poetry Reading by Pura Lopez Colome with American translator and poet Dan Bellm.

Baseball vs. San Francisco

Sport - Intercollegiate - Baseball/Softball | April 10 | 7:05 p.m. |  Evans Field

 Cal Bears Intercollegiate Sports

Cal Baseball hosts San Francisco at Evans Diamond.

Cal Night at the SF Giants: vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

Special Event | April 10 | 7:15-10:30 p.m. |  AT&T Park

  , San Francisco, CA

 Cal Alumni Association

The Giants are proud to invite all students, alumni, and fans of UC Berkeley to the fourth annual University of California, Berkeley Night at AT&T Park! Your special event ticket includes a game ticket, as well as a limited-edition Cal-Giants beanie!

  Tickets go on sale February 13. Buy tickets online

Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health

Panel Discussion | April 10 | 7:30-9 p.m. | 109 Dwinelle Hall

 Sangeeta Tripathi, HEAL Initiative

 GlobeMed at Berkeley

Change Without a Footprint: A Student's Role in Global Health is a facilitated discussion on the implications of undergraduates working in global health led by the Director of Operations and Strategy at the HEAL Initiative, Sangeeta Tripathi. All students are welcome!

Sangeeta brings more than a decade of work in global health to the conversation. She has worked on the rapid acceleration of...   More >

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Performing Arts - Dance | April 10 | 8-10 p.m. |  Zellerbach Hall

 Cal Performances

Under the direction of Robert Battle, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater continues to nurture a new generation of choreographers steeped in the African-American experience. With repertoire that looks back to seminal works like Ailey’s own Revelations, and new material that engages with vital social movements, the company creates dances with the power to transform.

This performance is part of...   More >

$36-135 prices subject to change

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